What you will learn: Child-care, home practice and yoga studio ideas/lesson plans/precautions/behaviour management. Relating yoga and mindfulness to age- appropriate practices based on human development at each stage.
Contents: What is emotional well- being? What is yoga? (Reflection) Explanation of the 'eight limbs of yoga' and activities to enhance 'mindfulness', breathing, 'anxiety busters', focus and concentration, fun games for happiness, teamwork and breath work. What is meditation? (Reflection) Benefits of children's yoga. Importance of nutrition and exercise. Birth to 2yrs, 2-7yrs, 7-12yrs, tweens and teens- developmental tasks. (Relating these to yoga teaching implications). Play- based and age-appropriate yoga teaching techniques. Example lesson plans. Yoga stories and themes. Warm ups, yoga asanas. Breathing/ energy rising and lowering asanas for all age groups. Additional values of crystals, aromatherapy, music therapy, poetry/art, ritual/ symbolism.
Relating and integrating Yoga and mindfulness with children’s learning styles. Mantras, mudras and chants for children. Visualisations and relaxation stories. Progressive muscle relaxations and body scans. Yoga games, partner and group yoga Behaviour management. Health and safety guidelines and precautions. Functional physiology and precautions. Integrating yoga and mindfulness with school curriculum and making links. Lesson plan ideas and example lesson plan formats to choose from. Overview and bringing it all together. Yoga for children with special needs. Introduction to yoga for trauma/anxiety in children to teens (Introduction only). Teens section out-line: Developmental tasks at this age. Yama and Niyamas with teens (Yoga observances) Class boundaries Neuroscience of the teenage brain Group and partner work Integrating yogic themes: chakras and mental growth. How to deal with Toxic friendships. Meditation and Mantras. Emotional self management. Anxiety tool box. Processes for using mindfulness in difficult times. Yoga asanas for energy rising and release. Using breathing practices to calm the mind and ignite energy. Teacher tips. Yoga philosophy relaxed to modern times. Planning a class for teens.